A solar powered concept car is set to be unveiled by Ford at the upcoming CES gadget show. The car would offer the same performance as a plug in hybrid but would come without any need for a plug.
The C-Max Solar Energi Concept car has a gasoline engine which comes with a gizmo that behaves as a magnifying glass and concentrates the rays of the sun on the solar panels on the roof of the car. According to Ford, the car will have a city-highway mileage of as much as 100 mpg.
Also, by making use of solar power as opposed to a plug running on electricity, on average, a car owner will be reducing greenhouse gas emissions by four metric tonnes annually.
According to the company about 85000 electric or hybrid vehicles were sold by them in 2013 which included 6300 units of the C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid.
The concentrator has been developed by the Georgia Institute of Technology researchers and has something which is called the Fresnel lens. This can concentrate light but is thinner than a conventional lens. Ford has said that an entire day of sunshine would be equal to four hours of battery charge or 8 kilowatts.
The car would offer a range of 620 miles on full charge which would include 21 miles on electricity alone. The car also has a plug in port for the usual electric charging. As per Ford, as much as 75 per cent of all driving trips may be powered through the sun.